Henry Braun

Henry Braun

Friday, November 17th, 1933 - Monday, December 28th, 2020
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Heinrich (Henry) Braun, age 87, passed away peacefully at the Victoria General Hospital on Dec. 28th, 2020. Due to Covid restrictions, it was difficult to visit with him in the past few months and even more so while he spent his final days in the hospital. We are grateful for the permission given for Margaret, Merlin and Sandra, by the VGH, to each spend a few hours with him on his last day here on earth.

Henry was born in Reinfeld, Manitoba, on Nov. 17, 1933. He was the second of nine children born to Peter and Helena Braun.

Henry is survived by his wife, Margaret (Hite) Braun, children; Sandra Daniels, Merlin Braun, (Sheri), and three grandchildren, Kristen Braun, Matthew Braun and Brett Daniels. Henry was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret (Marge) in 1996.

Henry and Marge Hamm were married in 1960 and had two children.

Henry loved working on cars and early into his marriage, owned his own Esso service station. While he worked his day job as a mechanic, he attended night school to further his education before being hired to teach Automotive at Red River College, where he retired at the age of 65 as the chair of the department. During his evenings, weekends and summers, he would build houses and move his family every 2 to 3 years into these new abodes. He also started a house contracting company and made custom homes for a few select clientele. He loved working with his hands and had endless energy with regards to hard work and motivation. At the age of 70, he was still working 14 hour days building his cottage. He was also heavily involved in helping each of children build their own houses.

The lake life was also something he loved, and he built two cottages in Northern Ontario, splitting his yearly time between them and the State of Florida.

Though Henry was a quiet person, with a dry sense of humour, he also had a strong faith in God. He was involved in many church projects, running the Boys Club at Home Street Mennonite Church and volunteering in both his home church and in the community. After his second marriage to Margaret Hite (Florida) in 2003, he spent half the year in Florida and the other half at his cabin in Ontario. While in Florida he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, managing work crews and also taking personal ownership of building projects. He had faithful volunteers and even mentored college students on winter breaks.

In March of 2017, Henry suffered a major stroke in Florida and was wheel-chair bound for the rest of his days. He worked hard to regain the ability to walk and had made good progress in that regard. It was very difficult for him to live with limited mobility when his entire life had been full of working hard with his hands. He dreamed often of driving again and of building another house. We are thankful he had a relationship with Jesus and is now in Heaven, without a wheelchair. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s already joined a work crew and raced a few former Chevy guys with his Gold plated Ford at some stoplight up there.
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    Thursday, December 31st, 2020 |
    Thursday, December 31st, 2020
    Sage Creek Cemetery
    884 Symington Road
    Springfield, MB
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Tim Sawatzky

Posted at 02:56pm
What a lovely tribute to Henry. I remember being amazed at how he could build an entire house, mostly by himself, with the help of Merlin of course, and me watching for moral support. I loved that we got to be nearly neighbours for a while. Condolences to all his family and friends.

Tim Sawatzky

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